SBA Isn’t Ready to Boast Yet, But All Agencies Have Met Their Small Biz Contracting Goals

Mukets/Shutterstock.com

For the first time in seven years, all federal agencies in fiscal 2013 met their goals of steering 23 percent of contracting to small businesses, according to panelists at an industry conference on Thursday.

Emily Murphy, senior counsel for the House Small Business Committee, in a discussion on legislation and the Small Business Administration’s rulemaking progress, made the disclosure and suggested that SBA is tardy in making the announcement.

Her co-panelist, Kenneth Dodds, SBA’s director of policy, planning and liaisons, said the announcement “deadline is soft,” and that the score card is still being readied.

The Small Business conference was staged by the American Council for Technology-Industry Advisory Council and is intended as an opportunity for small business contractors to interact with agency representatives on how to qualify and win more work.

SBA’s annual score card, besides giving an overall percentage of contract dollars that go to small firms, gives each agency’s contracting rate and goals for qualified small businesses as well as small businesses owned by women, disadvantaged people and disabled veterans or that are located in Historically Underutilized Business Zones.

Last year, SBA reported that the government overall had just missed the goal of 23 percent for fiscal 2012, awarding small businesses $89.9 billion in government contracts, 22.25 percent of total contracting dollars.

SBA public affairs specialist Tiffani Shea Clements told Government Executive Thursday that the agency “is in the process of finalizing the contracting performance and score card for each federal agency. Until that time, we have no further comment.”

A spokesman for the House committee cited section 1632 of the fiscal 2013 National Defense Authorization Act that amended the Small Business Act. It requires the SBA administrator to release the results to the president and Congress, as well as post on a public website 60 days after agencies deliver their data at the end of the fiscal year, which this go-round was Sept. 30, 2013.

The House committee has pursued legislation to raise the agency small business goals from 23 percent to 25 percent.

According to the SBA website, the agency goals for the under-served groups are 5 percent of prime and subcontracts for women-owned small businesses; 5 percent for Small Disadvantaged Businesses; 3 percent for HUBZone small businesses; and 3 percent for service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses.

Not all agencies have the same goals for hiring small business. At a separate panel at the conference, Eugene Cornelius Jr., deputy associate administrator for SBA’s Office of Field Operations, said “some are at 3 percent to 5 percent, others at 40 percent to 50 percent. They’re tailored more than the public perceives it.”

Kay Ely, director of Schedule 70 integrated technology solutions at the General Services Administration’s Federal Acquisition Service, said in her program there is much room for small businesses to grow. “While 85 percent of GSA’s Multiple Award Program contract holders are small businesses, they have received only 38 percent of the total dollars in MAS,” she said. "Maybe down the road we won’t need small business goals because they’ll be working.”

(Image via Mukets/Shutterstock.com)

Stay up-to-date with federal news alerts and analysis — Sign up for GovExec's email newsletters.
FROM OUR SPONSORS
JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Close [ x ] More from GovExec
 
 

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from GovExec.com.
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Sponsored by G Suite

    Cross-Agency Teamwork, Anytime and Anywhere

    Dan McCrae, director of IT service delivery division, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

    Download
  • Data-Centric Security vs. Database-Level Security

    Database-level encryption had its origins in the 1990s and early 2000s in response to very basic risks which largely revolved around the theft of servers, backup tapes and other physical-layer assets. As noted in Verizon’s 2014, Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR)1, threats today are far more advanced and dangerous.

    Download
  • Sponsored by One Identity

    One Nation Under Guard: Securing User Identities Across State and Local Government

    In 2016, the government can expect even more sophisticated threats on the horizon, making it all the more imperative that agencies enforce proper identity and access management (IAM) practices. In order to better measure the current state of IAM at the state and local level, Government Business Council (GBC) conducted an in-depth research study of state and local employees.

    Download
  • Sponsored by Aquilent

    The Next Federal Evolution of Cloud

    This GBC report explains the evolution of cloud computing in federal government, and provides an outlook for the future of the cloud in government IT.

    Download
  • Sponsored by LTC Partners, administrators of the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program

    Approaching the Brink of Federal Retirement

    Approximately 10,000 baby boomers are reaching retirement age per day, and a growing number of federal employees are preparing themselves for the next chapter of their lives. Learn how to tackle the challenges that today's workforce faces in laying the groundwork for a smooth and secure retirement.

    Download
  • Sponsored by Hewlett Packard Enterprise

    Cyber Defense 101: Arming the Next Generation of Government Employees

    Read this issue brief to learn about the sector's most potent challenges in the new cyber landscape and how government organizations are building a robust, threat-aware infrastructure

    Download
  • Sponsored by Aquilent

    GBC Issue Brief: Cultivating Digital Services in the Federal Landscape

    Read this GBC issue brief to learn more about the current state of digital services in the government, and how key players are pushing enhancements towards a user-centric approach.

    Download

When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.